Inzamam slams MCC’s ‘farcical’ view of Oval Test

October 31st, 2008 - 2:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Oct 31 (IANS) Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was a key figure in the 2006 Oval Test fiasco, Friday took a swipe at the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) over its insistence to once again change the result of that ill-fated Test between Pakistan and England.”It seems that the MCC has nothing better to do,” Inzamam was quoted as saying by Urdu daily Jang. “Its recommendation to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to change the result of the (Oval) Test is farcical,” he added. Inzamam was captain of the Pakistan team that suffered the ignominy of becoming the first side in Test history to forfeit a match.

Inzamam refused to take his team back on the field after tea on the fourth day of the Oval Test in the summer of 2006 to protest against a ball-tampering allegation against Pakistan, forcing umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove to award the match to England.

However, an ICC probe later cleared Pakistan of ball-tampering charges and Darrell Hair was sacked from ICC’s elite umpires panel. Earlier this year, the ICC changed the result of the match from a forfeit to a draw under pressure from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

But the MCC — the guardian of the game’s laws — was unhappy and following a meeting in New Delhi earlier this week, it ruled that the ICC had no legal power to change the result of the Oval Test. The MCC refused to recognise the draw that was awarded by the ICC for the disputed Test.

In response, ICC president David Morgan said that the ICC will consider MCC’s recommendations, adding that as ICC’s president-elect earlier this year, he was unhappy with its decision to change the result of the forfeited Test.

Inzamam, who is currently leading Lahore Badshahs in the breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL), expressed his surprise over the interest shown in the Oval Test. “I don’t know why they are taking so much interest in it,” he said. “I mean the decision to change the result was taken with the consent of the ICC bosses and the case was closed.”

Inzamam said that even if the ICC decides to change the result of the Test, it won’t affect him much. “The only thing such a move will achieve is ridicule,” he said.

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